NGC6883 & NGC6871

A double cluster in Cygnus. The cluster stars are not very well detached from the background sky owing to the fact that they are in a very rich section of Cygnus and also embedded within the eastern end of the nebulosity associated with LBN 182.

7x300sec Subs, with Darks, Flats and Bias



This is the constellation of Cassiopeia using a Canon 1000D and the standard 18-55mm lens that comes with it. The zoom was set on the max of 55mm.

40x120sec Subs, plus Darks, Flats and Bias



Taken with an ODK12 on 6.7.15. The camera was a Canon 550D at ISO800. 15 x 60sec was the exposure, all sigma-average stacked in Astroart. No guiding, no flats, no darks and no IDAS filter used. A lucky shot considering how close it was to the southern horizon. Just 11° above it among trees.
Pluto looks quite small, but then it would from here on Earth, whereas those Americans used a spacecraft to get their close-ups. Final processing in Photoshop.


Taken on the 6th of July 2015, during a collimation session. The telescope was an Orion Optics ODK12 and the camera a Canon 550D. The exposure was 20 frames of 60sec each, at ISO800, no guiding, no flats, no darks and not with my usual IDAS filter. It was just to see the effect on photography that collimation by eye had. The frames were stacked in Astroart as 4 groups of 5 frames sigma-added, and the resultant 4 frames were averaged. Final processing was done in Photoshop. It needs more time to make a reasonable photograph but it was done as a test of detail, so look at the number of stars in the body of the nebula particularly the one next to the White Dwarf.

Impromptu AstroMeet 26th February 2015

These images were taken at an impromptu imaging/observing session on the WYAS observatory pad on 26th February 2015. The Jupiter image is a 1800 frame movie processed in Registax and the Moon image is a mosaic of 20 panels, each a 500 frame movie, again processed in Registax.